University of The West of Scotland (UWS) is taking part in an innovative UK- wide project as part of the London 2012 Festival celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

‘A Hansel of Film – Shetland to Southampton and Back’ is a relay of screenings of short films made by the public in each of the nations and many of the regions of the UK.

It will be launched in Shetland on Sunday 10 June with the arrival of the Olympic Torch in the isles as it reaches its UK most northerly point, and will reach the University’s Ayr Campus on Saturday 16 June at 1.00 pm where local filmmakers will get the chance to see their works screened. There will be a drink and nibbles and the chance to talk to the film makers.  All in all a great networking opportunity.

Have a look here at local Film Maker Sandy Jacks The  Christmas Card.  You can also see the work of  UWS film makers Martin Jelaneck and Rachel McCreath.

The films will be relayed between participating venues by ‘runners’; that is, creative and energetic individuals who will employ whatever means of transport they can devise to get the right films to the right venue on time.

This journey will culminate in a marathon screening of over 100 short films at Shetland’s annual film festival, Screenplay 2012, between Tuesday 4 and Sunday 9 September.

Acclaimed film critic Mark Kermode and film historian Linda Ruth Williams, who are the curators of Screenplay, will be very active in promoting the project across the country

The University’s BA (Hons) Contemporary Screen Acting Programme Leader, Stuart Hepburn, said: “The Hansel of Film project comes at a very exciting time for UWS , as it marks the first year of the official launch of our new £81 million campus in Ayr. We are encouraging all our acting and filmmaking students to create five minute films and enter them for the project.”

The London 2012 Festival is the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad, the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.

Full details of the Hansel Of Film Project , and how to attend the event in Ayr , go to  the Hansel Of Film Website



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